Retreats

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Coping with Death: A One-Day Retreat for Professional Health Caregivers

Date(s):
Sep 28 (Wed)
Time:
8:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
InsightLA Benedict Canyon
Description:
Seeking a creative solution to the "compassion fatigue" of caregivers of critically and terminally ill people and their families, InsightLA has created a daylong retreat for nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, social workers, unit assistants and chaplains caring for severely ill and dying patients.

Drawing on a variety of respected contemporary sources this program of contemplative Mindfulness was developed for use in a one-day format. Since 2004, the retreat format has included experiential exercises, introduction to meditation techniques and relaxation, group support, lunch, and self-care activities engaging participants in a process of transforming their experience of death. The unique surroundings emphasize the non-threatening, safe aspect of Mindfulness, the core of the training.

Mindfulness Meditation is a way of paying non-judgmental attention to our moment-by-moment experience. It is a way to effectively deepen our personal practice and work with the stress, physical pain and "emotional overload" that we often have in our daily lives. This meditation practice can assist in living more skillfully, creatively and compassionately. It can help restore and maintain a sense of personal balance.

Please attend only if you are a professional health caregiver.

Activities
  • The contemplative model and mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • Guided meditation, non-denominational
  • Aspects of suffering encountered in life and death
  • Compassionate care
  • Exploration of values in caregiving of the dying
  • Listening deeply
  • Metta meditation
  • Self-care

Benefits
  • Rare opportunity for personal, emotional exploration about death and dying
  • Explicit acknowledgment of spiritual growth and maturation
  • Ongoing development of tools and research in this field
  • Leads to caregivers? competence in dealing with patients and families
  • Facing your own mortality with courage and honesty
  • Promotes increased confidence for being present with grieving families
  • Potential for deeper communication and trust amongst staff and disciplines
  • Cultivating and strengthening beneficial mind states to prevent burnout
  • Increases resilience; helps keep the heart open through ongoing losses on the job


CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Continuing Education credits for RNs can be requested during the registration process. This class is approved for 7.6 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Continuing Education Credits for RNs are provided by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 183.

To request CEs for this workshop, please email programs@insightla.org with your name and license number when registering.

Learning Objectives for CEs:
1. Participants will learn how to implement a mindful and proactive response to life circumstances, using both their reason and feelings.

2. Participants will improve interpersonal skills such as deep listening and collaboration.

3. Participants will learn to effectively regulate their emotions as appropriate to different circumstances.

4. Participants will learn to recognize and implement creative solutions to challenges.

5. Participants will be able to state two ways that this training can be helpful in the practice of nursing.

You will be notified of the specific address closer to the day of the retreat. Please also note that parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

Cancellation/refund/No Show Policy: You must cancel your prepaid registration 5 business days prior to the class to receive a full refund. For cancellations made less than 5 business days prior to the date of the course, a 50% refund will be given.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)
Cost:
$35
Enrollment Limit:
30 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Comfortable clothes
Contact Information:
programs@insightla.org or 310-450-1821